What Makes Sammy Run?
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EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
-Audio commentary with Dina Merrill and Barbara Rush
-Interview with Budd Schulberg
ALSO INCLUDES: 16-page booklet with written contributions by the Archive of American Television and Jane Klain, Manager of Research Services at the Paley Center for Media
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In 2004, I was in the process of revising the book of the 1964 musical version of the same story (which ultimately led to a successful NYC revival in 2006) and arranged an interview with actress Dina Merrill to discuss her performance as the man-eating socialite, Laurette Harrington. Since most of Ms Merrill's performance occurred in the "lost" second hour, I wanted to learn more about the unavailable portion of the television play. Ms Merrill was surprised to learn that the second hour was not available for screening at the Museum. I didn't realize it at the time, but Ms Merrill was on the board of the Museum, and shortly after our conversation, she contacted the curators and asked them to make a concerted effort to locate the lost reel. Astonishingly enough, a complete kinescope of the broadcast was located at the Library of Congress and, following a restoration of the film, the complete television play was screened on April 6, 2005 at the Museum's New York branch with Ms Merrill and Budd Schulberg in attendance. I was on crutches at the time because of an injured foot, but I wasn't about to miss that historic event.Read more ›
Hollywood never filmed Schulberg's novel, perhaps because it hit too close to home. Instead, it was adapted by Schulberg and directed by Delbert Mann in a two-part television drama in 1959 for "Sunday Showcase." "What Makes Sammy Run?" stars Larry Blyden in the title role, John Forsythe, Barbara Rush, and Dina Merrill. Supporting cast members include Sidney Blackmer, Norman Fell, David Opatashu, and Horace MacMahon.
Blyden was chosen for the role over many contenders, including Anthony Perkins, Ben Gazzara, Charles Grodin, Harry Guardino, Burt Reynolds, and Tony Curtis. Known today primarily as a 1960's game show host, Blyden turns in a razzle-dazzle performance as Glick, an average guy from nowhere with enormous drive who claws his way to the top. Detestable in many ways, he is nonetheless fascinating.
The original taped, two-part broadcast was in color, but the DVD version is in black and white. Mann's direction is crisp, and the performances are lively, spontaneous, and natural. Bonus extras include audio commentary with Dina Merrill and Barbara Rush, an interview with Budd Schulberg, and a 16-page booklet containing a Schulberg biography, a chronicle of attempts made by Hollywood to film the novel, excerpts from reviews of the show, and details about the restoration of this TV classic, thought lost for decades.
I first saw the restored "Sammy" at the Paley Center in NYC. Now I can enjoy it at home with all the "extras" that one comes to expect in a fabulous DVD production.
Please, please, "Archive of American Televison Presents," keep this stuff coming. We all remember how great it was, AND IS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could only watch the first hour of the video. John Forsyth is ok in his role, but the rest of the cast is melodramatic and forgettable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nancy G
Not What I Expected. I thought this was the movie version of the book but it turned out to be a two-part TV series in black and white. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Taijiquan
Great T.V. from the golden age. Has both wonderful actresses Barbara Rush and Dina Merrill provide commentary. This was "live" T.V. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by James R. Morrella
A listless TV adaptation of the Budd Schulberg classic, this fails miserably. The bite, menace, pungent wit and angst of the novel have inexplicably evaporated, despite the fact... Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Jerome R. Dodson
Based on the famous novel by the late Budd Shulberg, "What Makes Sammy Run" continues his obsession with success and it's cost. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by vitajex
Speaking of great TV, What Makes Sammy Run? ($24.98; Koch) is the latest gem to come out of the vaults of the Archives of American Television. Read morePublished on June 19, 2009 by Michael Giltz